November 21, 2013

Holiday Parties: Tips For Removing The Most Common Stains

The holidays are here and that means that it is party time! The holidays are the perfect time for having large gatherings with your family and friends. Big celebrations during the holidays provide you with the chance to spend time with those that mean the most to you – and they also provide the perfect opportunity for some wicked stains on your flooring and furniture.

The most important thing you can do when it comes to stains is take action immediately, even if it is simply blotting up the stain. Here are some tips for removing some common stains during the holidays.

  • For cocktail sauce, blot with a clean cloth, then mist with a mixture of 1 cup of water and ¼ teaspoon of dishwashing liquid. Blot again, then mist with water to remove the soap, and blot one more time. If the stain is still there after a few hours, use a mixture of 1 part water and 2 parts white vinegar and blot until the stain is gone.
  • For candle wax, wait for the drippings to dry, then cover them with an ice pack. Wait overnight, and then scrape as much wax off as possible. Use a paper bag beneath the item, such as a placemat, and another on top of the wax stain. Iron the stain until all of the wax is transferred to the paper. If the wax is on your carpeting, break up the wax into pieces and vacuum.
  • For chocolate, blot up as much as you can as soon as possible. Use a dry solvent to help remove the chocolate. If the stain is still there after the area dries, use 3 percent hydrogen peroxide to remove the remaining chocolate.
  • For red wine, cover the stain with table salt and blot with a clean cloth. Use a sponge with white vinegar or rubbing alcohol to remove as much of the color as possible. If the stain is still there when the area dries, use 3 percent hydrogen peroxide to remove the rest of the color.

While its important to take fast action on every stain that makes its way to your carpeting, its equally important to book your next appointment with your natural carpet cleaning company as fast as possible. Whatever remnants are left, we’ll have a better chance of removing them completely if we take immediate action. Give us a call today.

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